Testosterone Replacement for Andropause (Male Menopause)
San Diego Testosterone Replacement Therapy Doctor Andrea Cole, D.O. has used bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help countless men to overcome the challenges associated with male hormone decline. Andropause is the decrease in serum testosterone in men with the resulting symptoms that can occur. Testosterone decreases by approximately 1% per year after the age of 30.
Hormone replacement therapy in women has long been the standard of care for the treatment of menopausal symptoms resulting from estrogen deficiency. It has become increasingly widely recognized that hormone deficiency in aging men can also affect their quality of life. Unlike female menopause, however, the male counterpart is a slowly progressive condition.
This stage of life is commonly referred to andropause . Fortunately for men, this decline in hormone levels is not as drastic or sudden as what is experienced by women during menopause. As the levels of testosterone gradually start to decline, small changes in energy levels, stamina, and an inconsistent short term memory are usually overlooked by most men. It is usually not until major symptoms or conditions present themselves that men begin to consider looking for a way to feel normal again.
Some of the physiological changes that can occur with androgen deficiency in the aging male can include decreased lean body mass and increased fat, decrease in bone mineral density, decreased body hair and skin thickness, reduction in muscle mass and strength, diminished libido and sexual activity, reduced energy, irritability and depression, impaired sleep quality and deterioration in cognitive function.
There have been a number of studies done in which testosterone has been administered to older men. The testosterone replacement achieved was in the low normal range. Most studies demonstrated beneficial effects of testosterone replacement. In this population there was an increase in lean body mass which is also associated with a decrease in fat mass. The bone mineral density was improved. There were increases in both muscle strength and sexual function and improved generalized feelings of well-being, and improved cognitive function.
- Low Libido: Many men experience low libido and sexual function. This can cause great concern and anxiety in men which may only exacerbate the problem. Symptoms can include erectile dysfunction, lack of sexual desire and even impotence. Replacing deficient testosterone levels using Natural Testosterone Replacement Therapy for men can improve the symptoms of sexual dysfunction and stimulate libido.
- Weight Gain: As men age, testosterone levels begin to decline and estrogen dominance develops due to the loss of testosterone which often results in a loss of lean muscle and a drop in energy levels. This combination often results in weight gain. Restoring deficient testosterone levels with Natural Hormone Replacement can help keep men’s bodies performing at optimal levels and prevent hormone related weight gain with age.
- Depression: Characterized as feelings of severe despondency and dejection. Men experiencing age related hormone decline often have never experienced feelings of depression before, yet with a changing body, reduced energy levels, and other physiologic changes occurring, many middle aged men begin to lose hope. Frustration with body image, sexual performance, or an inability to participate in favorite activities or hobbies can become a catalyst to feeling depressed. There is hope. By optimizing male hormones using Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy you can begin to reverse the signs and symptoms of age related hormone decline and restore youthful energy, vitality and function to the body.
- Mood Swings: Although mood swings are generally recognized as a female symptom of menopause men can also experience these swings as hormonal balances change. Men experiencing age related hormone decline common with andropause often show signs of increased anger, sadness, anxiety, irritability and a short temper. These mood shifts can occur when estrogen and testosterone levels fluctuate and inhibit the chemicals responsible for regulating moods. Restoring hormone balance in men using Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to properly regulate moods and stimulate optimal brain chemistry, bringing a greater sense of wellbeing.
- Memory Loss: Testosterone is responsible in helping to regulate cortisol levels in the brain. When the testosterone levels begin to decline, cortisol levels can fluctuate inhibiting mental cognition and causing symptoms such as confusion and foggy thinking. The neurotransmitters are not able to work properly due to the irregular levels of hormones. Men can be more vulnerable to failing memory than women. Ensuring the steady and balanced levels of testosterone in the body as men age can promote a stronger memory and sharper mental cognition into old age.
- Insomnia: Sleep disturbances can be caused by hormonal interference with the body’s ability to properly regulate brain chemistry and deal with the stresses of everyday life. Insomnia is a persistent disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or both, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep. With insomnia, you usually awaken feeling unrefreshed, which takes a toll on your ability to function during the day. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.
- Muscle Atrophy: Muscle Loss due to the decline of testosterone levels with aging is a common symptom of andropause. Loss of muscle means loss of strength and mobility. People who are physically inactive can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass per decade after age 30. Testosterone binds to muscle cells in the body and promotes both muscle growth and integrity. Low testosterone levels can inhibit muscle growth and allow estrogen to begin to build up in body fat. This cycle of muscle atrophy and weight gain can be stopped in its tracks with Natural Testosterone Replacement Therapy for men experiencing the symptoms of andropause related hormone decline.
Although many men just assume that their symptoms are due to aging and there is nothing to be done about it but there are treatment options suitable for men with andropause symptoms. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an option that utilizes more natural products to treat these symptoms.
Traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormones affect many functions of the human body and are so interrelated that it may be difficult to determine the specific cause of one symptom or another. Due to this, doctors many times isolate these symptoms and treat each symptom individually, prescribing one medicine for insomnia, another for headaches, etc. This is a result of treating a symptom rather than exploring the root cause of the discomfort. It becomes increasingly frustrating for the patient. Had the doctor made the connection between the many symptoms and hormonal imbalance many of these symptoms could be treated as a single cause and not individually.
After realizing that hormones may address these multiple symptoms some doctors may suggest synthetic hormone replacement therapy after other treatments fail to bring relief. Synthetic hormones are generally given in pill form to be taken orally.
However, synthetic hormones are associated with several serious health conditions, including endometrial cancers, blood clots, heart attack, abnormal liver function, and pancreatitis. Additionally, they generally take longer for the body to accept and process. In the human body, estradiol and progesterone are released directly into the bloodstream, whereas when the hormones are given by mouth, they must first pass through the liver, where a large amount of hormone in rendered inactive.
While the above complications are uncommon, many people do experience common side effects like nausea and muscle cramping. These can be bothersome enough for them to stop taking the synthetic hormones or prescription pills their doctors have given them.
How Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is Different
The first major difference between Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and synthetic hormones is that Bioidentical Hormones are created from natural plant based extracts. The natural hormones in these plants remain unchanged during the compounding process because they are nearly identical to the natural hormonal structure that exists in the human body. For most people on Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, the similar cellular structure means that the compound is metabolized by their body faster and easier. With their hormones in balance, men and women in their 30’s, 40’s, and beyond are able to enjoy renewed energy, better health, and a more positive outlook on life.
Due to the natural interactions of Bioidentical Hormones and the body, patients are able to experience prolonged symptom relief without the risk of further complications or any undesirable side effects.
There are several signs and symptoms that a man is going through andropause. These signs and symptoms can include:
- Weight gain
- Muscle loss
- Decreased sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Memory Loss
- Loss of mental focus
- Sluggish circulation
- Sleep disturbances
If you feel as though you suffer from any of the above health symptoms, it may be due to a decrease in your male hormone levels. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for men can help balance your hormones and make you feel like the man you were before entering male andropause. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an innovative technology. One that San Diego Testosterone Replacement Therapy Doctor, Andrea Cole, D.O. has perfected due to her more than 30 year career treating patients with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. It enables you to now use hormones that have been engineered to match individual hormone molecule structures in your body. Bioidentical hormones are tailored to be an identical match to your body’s individual hormone and this makes them ideal. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for men can give them back their strength, their sexual libido and a more vital life. Now is the time to call for your consultation!